Ouderdomspensioen: individuele of collectieve verantwoordelijkheid? De publieke opinie in Europese verzorgingsstaten onderzocht


  • Gelissen,John


OLD age assistance


The question of who should be responsible for the provision of retirement income is becoming increasingly important, given the general trend of ageing populations in many European countries. In this article, we study the determinants of popular preferences about individual or collective responsibilities in the context of old age pensions. Using data from the Euro-barometer survey series, we investigate whether, and if so, to what extent, people's views about who should be responsible for the provision of pensions are related to market selectivist and collectivist features of the particular welfare state regimes, which can be distinguished in Europe. Further, effects of structural characteristics of pension systems and of social characteristics of individuals on public preferences are investigated. The cross-national patterns of popular views about responsibilities for the provision of pensions suggest a link to the specifics of welfare state regimes, but not to the decisive degree one would expect. Structural characteristics of pension systems appear to be important determinants of public opinion as well. Finally, the results show important divisions between social categories. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]; Copyright of Mens en Maatschappij is the property of Amsterdam University Press and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)

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